20 summer school holiday activities that will stop your kids going stir crazy

summer school holiday activities

I love the total change of pace of school holidays. Last term was an absolute killer for me. I totally oversubscribed on the extra curricular activities. The kids were fine, but it sure as heck burnt me out!

I love being able to do not much of anything at all, but with my kids I still need to plan in a lot of school holiday activities to stop my house from turning into Fight Club…

If you’re in need of some school holiday inspiration, here’s out list of 20 things to do these summer holidays:

Fun at home:

  • Wash out some empty sauce bottles and the kids can go crazy with DIY water shooters.
  • Collect some cardboard boxes and take some tables and chairs and other bits and pieces outside to create an awesome Nerf battlefield.
  • On those really hot days get out the blow up pool and set it up in the shade. Let the kids jump in with all their toys and stay cool and play in the shade all day.
  • Download a fun movie FX app and kick back while the kids create.
  • Set up a tent and go camping in your own backyard.
  • Break out the popcorn and plan a movie marathon or binge watch your new favourite TV series on Stan, Presto or Netflix.
  • Let the kids run wild under the sprinkler or roll out the slip and slide.
  • Plan a crafternoon.
  • Break out the LEGO and see what the kids can create.
  • Set up a cosy reading reading nook with cushions and blankets.

Out and About:

  • With some many fruits now in season, take the kids off the beaten track and go berry picking. If you’re on the south coast of NSW Clyde River Berry Farm is a must.
  • Talking about farms, plan a day trip to a local farm (we love Calmsley Hill Farm in Sydney’s west), or better yet, plan an overnight farmstay.
  • Take the kids fishing.
  • Go jump: Burn off all that excess energy with a session At SkyZone.
  • Take the kids to the beach and explore the rock pools. Go later in the afternoon and have fish and chips for dinner once it starts to cool down.
  • If you’re too far from the coast take the family to the local pool and splash about all day.
  • Watch a movie under the stars at the Moonlight Cinema.
  • Get on your bike! Pack a picnic in your backpack and head off on a bike adventure.
  • Take a trip to the local library and let the kids pick their favourite books.
  • Get the adrenalin pumping: go zipling, try surfing or go karting. Try something adventurous to get the kids buzzing and full of stories to tell when they go back to school.

What have you been up to these holidays?

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